Barcelona Districts: Horta - Guinardó
This district is located on the outskirts of Barcelona city centre, to the north of Parc Guëll, and once comprised two old villages which expanded thanks to the underground water sources dating from the XX century around which the city’s laundries were built. In fact, you can still see the old washing places located on Granollers street!
However, in recent decades this area has been relatively modernised and developed following its use in the 1992 Olympics. The Velòdrom d’Horta, one of the four major sporting venues, was built here and hosted all of the cycling, tennis and archery events.
Nowadays, Horta-Guinardó is typically a residential area and provides a peaceful and tranquil home to residents in an otherwise bustling city.
Close to the Collserola mountain you can find El Laberint d’Horta, housing a topiary maze dating from the XVIII century in a neoclassical garden which was later expanded into a romantic garden. Entrance is free on Sundays and Wednesdays and has disabled access.